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Family of slain Border Patrol agent files $25M wrongful death claim against federal government
PHOENIX (AP) ' The family of a slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent has filed a $25 million wrongful death claim against the federal government.
The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/zdkwMD) says the 65-page document filed Wednesday in Phoenix claims Brian Terry was killed because U.S. investigators allowed murder weapons into the hands of criminals.
Terry died Dec. 14, 2010, when his special-operations unit got into a shootout with border bandits in a remote canyon area near Rio Rico, Ariz.
Investigators found two AK-47s at the scene that traced back to gun-smuggling probe by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Congressional investigations and Department of Justice records have since revealed that ATF agents allowed as many as 1,400 guns to be transported into Mexico and the AK-47s were purchased by a known firearms trafficker.
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com